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The Highest Scoring Game In NBA History
Saturday , Nov , 02 , 2013 Paul Eide

The Highest Scoring Game In NBA History

23 years ago today, the Golden State Warriors registered a 162-158 win over the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The Warriors and Nuggets combined to make 120 baskets, of which only six were three pointers.

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Today In NBA History 1996: NBA Names 10 Best Coaches Of All-Time
Monday , Dec , 17 , 2012 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1996: NBA Names 10 Best Coaches Of All-Time

16 years ago today, the NBA announced the top ten coaches in NBA history.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: It's hard to argue with this list, even 16 years later.

Here are the ten, in no particular order, and some of their achievements.

Phil Jackson- Anyone who has watched the NBA in the last 20 years knows how significant Jackson's coaching impact has been. What's interesting is that after he was named to this list, he won eight more NBA titles. Another interesting tidbit; Jackson only won a single Coach of the Year award, in 1996, the same year this list was announced.

Red Auerbach- Before Jackson came along, Auerbach was essentially the deity of coaches; the coach all NBA coaches aspired to be. When he retired as an NBA coach, his 938 wins and nine NBA championships were the most in NBA history. HIs success after his coaching career ended continued as a member of the Celtics front office/management, winning an additional seven titles, which meant he was a part of 16 championships in 29 years.

Bill Fitch- Fitch was a former Marine drill instructor turned basketball coach, making his way through several college coaching jobs before becoming a successful NBA coach for 25 years. Fitch won 944 games (fifth most in history) and a title with the Celtics in 1980-81.

Chuck Daly- Daly is famously known for assembling and guiding the Detroit Pistons "Bad Boy" championship squads of 1990 and 1991. His tough style of coaching was carried onto the court by his players. Daly was also the coach of the greatest team ever assembled, the gold medal winning 1992 USA basketball "Dream Team".

Red Holzman- Red coached the Knicks from 1967 to 1982 and won titles in 1970 and 1973, with Phil Jackson playing on both squads. Holzman won NBA championship as a player and as a coach. His 613 wins as coach for the Knicks is the most in team history. 

Don Nelson- Nelson has won the most games in NBA history as a coach, winning a total of 1,333 games. "Nellie" was a three time NBA Coach of the Year winning the award in '83, '85 and '92. His exciting style of play was called "Nellie Ball" which featured an up-tempo attacking offensive game plan. HIs most lasting contribution to the game, which is still employed to this day, is the creation and institution of the "Point Forward" role which relied on a forward to fulfill the typical role of a point guard. 

John Kundla- Kundla was the first coach in the history of the Minneapolis Lakers, who would eventually move to Los Angeles. He teamed up with the first dominant big man in NBA history, George Mikan, to win the NBL title in 1948, before merging with what would become the NBA the following season and winning five titles in six years.

Pat Riley- Riley won five NBA championships as a coach, and an additional one as assistant coach, plus one as a player. Since the list was announced, Riley has won titles with the Miami Heat as an executive. His is the first person in NBA history to win a title as a player, head coach, assistant coach and as an executive.

Jack Ramsay- "Dr. Jack" won 864 games as a head coach and an NBA title in 1977 with the Portland Trailblazers and Bill Walton. When he retired he has won teh second most games in NBA history.

Lenny Wilkens- Wilkens retired as the all-time winningest coach with 1,332 wins and held the record from 1994 to 2010. Wilkens coached the Seattle Supersonics to a title in 1979 and was named Coach of the Year in 1994. Wilkens took over a struggling Cleveland Cavs franchise in the 80's and made them one of the best teams in the NBA, though they could never beat the Chicago Bulls, losing to them twice in the Eastern Conference Finals.

If the NBA made a version of this list today, who would you add or remove?

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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Portland interested in Chris Mullin for GM?

Blazers president Larry Miller has expressed a strong interest in former Golden State Warriors GM Chris Mullin, sources said. Mullin’s expected to talk with the Blazers too, sources said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
Chris Mullin’s career as an executive hasn’t been normal.

The sharpshooter revitalized the Golden State Warriors before getting stabbed in the back by Don Nelson, his former coach and the man he rescued from the sideline boss scrap heap.

Then Mullin was tabbed to take over the executive chair in New York from Donnie Walsh before dysfunctional owner James Dolan stepped-in. Walsh is out; Mullin won’t be leading the Knicks.

Now he’s linked to the Portland Trail Blazers, the organization that fired GM Kevin Pritchard moments before the 2010 NBA draft only to invite him to stay for the evening's festivities.

Pritchard’s replacement, Richie Cho, was pink-slipped after being on the job for less than a year. Cho was seen as too docile, low-key, and quiet.

Perhaps Mullin should pass on the Blazers‘ gig. Right now, they’re dysfunctional, and owner Paul Allen seems determined to meddle.

Life may be a little more normal in ESPN’s broadcast booth.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Don Nelson: ‘I love Minnesota’

Don Nelson will gladly trade those breezy Hawaiian trade winds for Minnesota winters and the chance to coach again, this time with the Timberwolves. "I think it'd be a great fit," he said. "I love Minnesota."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I have two words for Minnesota Executive David Kahn –‘do not’.

Do not let him charm you. Do not let him fill your head with thoughts and ideas. Do not overlook his past. Most importantly, do not hire Don Nelson to coach your Timberwolves.

After all, ‘Nellie’ is the NBA’s version of scorched earth. He sets fire to, burns, and destroys everything he touches.

In the 1990s, he sued Chris Cohan and the Warriors. He walked on the New York Knicks. He went back to court and sued Mark Cuban and the Mavericks. And his second go-around with the Warriors wasn’t much better.

Most troubling, Nelson has an odd relationship with his players. For instance, he clashed with Chris Webber, struggled with Monta Ellis, and flip-flopped on Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington. In no time, Nelson would alienate, aggravate, and annoy Mike Beasley, Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, and/or Derrick Williams

This must worry Kahn. After years of being an oddball outpost, the Wolves have young assets. Hiring the wrong coach, like Nelson, would compromise those young assets.   

If Kahn wants a veteran sideline boss, he should consider Rick Adelman, Lawrence Frank, or even try pulling Hubie Brown out the broadcast booth to recreate his Memphis-magic in Minnesota.

Point blank: Nelson is done. The game has passed him by. He needs to cash his coaching 501K plan and spend his days walking the beaches of Maui and not an NBA sideline.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Nov , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Monta Ellis staying with Golden State because Don Nelson gone?

Warriors guard Monta Ellis was mentioned in trade rumors this summer, but the team is no longer interested in moving him, according to The San Jose Mercury News.

Golden State (4-1) is off to their best start in 16 years and Ellis is playing much more efficiently so far this season.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Maybe this is a coincidence. Maybe not.

There is, however, no disputing the obvious: Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors are a happier, more functional team since Don Nelson, the mad scientist on the sideline, retired.

To be fair, Nelson wins regular season games. And his small-ball approach occasionally captivated –who can forget the Warriors upset of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs?

He also alienated. Soon after the ‘We Believe’ miracle, Nelson soured on key players such as Baron Davis, Al Harrington, and Stephen Jackson.

Such dysfunction unfortunately influenced Ellis, a young combo guard with quicks and skills.

For instance, Ellis lied about injuring his ankle while riding a moped. The reason: he was in violation of his 6 year, $66 million extension.

Ellis also ‘welcomed’ rookie Stephen Curry to his first ever training camp by declaring he couldn’t form a backcourt with the lottery pick.  There were trade requests and disputes with the organization.

This, as they say, is water under the bridge.

Nelson is gone –for good. New Coach Keith Smart has the Warriors at 4-1. Ellis is happy with the team. The team is happy with Ellis. 

Maybe this is a coincidence. Probably not.

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Sep , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

About time: Don Nelson out as coach of Golden State Warriors

CSNBayArea.com cites two sources in reporting that Don Nelson is set to step down as head coach of the Warriors. Keith Smart will take over duties at the start of training camp. Smart is a longtime assistant coach in Golden State.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Finally, Don Nelson is out as coach of the Golden State Warriors. Frankly, it’s time.

For too long, he’s run the Warriors as his own private fiefdom. For too long, he has wrecked relationships with young and old players. And for too long, his antics have turned off the team’s loyal fans.

No more.

The club has new owners. Nelson is out. Veteran assistant Keith Smart is in. Look for Smart to energize his young, talented team. And look for the Warriors to finally start resembling a professional sports franchise.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Sep , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Monta Ellis takes ‘blame’, but Warriors still looking at trading him?

"A month before the season was over with, I really had to sit back and blame myself in a sense because I'm that leader; I'm that one who everybody feeds off of," Ellis said. "Everything that went on last year (regarding Curry) shouldn't have gone on. I blame myself."
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Finally, a sign of maturity from Monta Ellis.

Despite his tremendous talent, the lightning quick combo guard has failed to fulfill expectations as a franchise player for the Golden State Warriors.

After all, he injured his leg riding a moped – the vehicle of choice for European males and American teenagers. Ellis, of course, lied about how he sustained the injury because cruising in a moped violates his contract.

Ellis then spent a season or so feuding with Coach Don Nelson and the Warriors. Worst of all, he called out teammate Stephen Curry before his first training camp in 2009, saying he couldn’t play with the then rookie sharpshooter.

Give Ellis credit for manning up. Give Ellis credit for admitting publicly he was wrong. And give Ellis credit for trying to move on.

Is it too late, though?

Over the summer, Chris Cohan sold the Warriors for a record $450 million to Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. Thankfully, wholesale changes are coming to The Bay. 

The new regime aren’t enamoured with Nelson, the mad-scientist sideline boss. Reports indicate Nellie will be given his walking papers, even though it could cost ownership $6 million.

A change on the bench doesn’t mean Ellis is secure. Reports indicate Lacob and Guber aren’t sold on Ellis’ play and attitude, so a trade could be in the works. 

Perhaps Ellis feels the need to speak up and explain himself. Whatever his motivation, it’s a start. Only time will tell if it’s enough for him to stay with the Warriors long-term.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Thursday , Jul , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: New York trades Lee to Golden State for Randolph, Turiaf, and Azubuike

The Warriors and Knicks have an agreement in place for a sign-and-trade that would send David Lee to Golden State, multiple sources have confirmed.

New York could acquire Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike in the deal.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: David Lee has taken a step backwards with this sign-and-trade, which is sad when you consider he has spent his entire career with the lowly New York Knicks.

The Golden State Warriors, his new team, have talent. In fact, they’ve got loads of it.

Problem is, Don Nelson, the mad-scientist sideline boss, and Chris Cohan, the club’s tyrannical tyrant of an owner, are running the Warriors like a third world banana republic (no offence to developing nations).

Together, Nelson and Cohan have alienated several players, including youngsters Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins.

It won’t be any different for Lee. Initially, Nelson and the post will be bosom buddies, the apple of the coach`s eye. Perhaps, they`ll even golf together -like the old man and friend turned foe Al Harrington.

However, a minor issue will occur, and Nellie will blow it out of proportion like a miffed teenage girl who obsesses over Twilight. And Cohan will predictably back Nelson.

Best case scenario: Cohan sells the team and Nelson is given his walking papers by the new owners.

-- Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jun , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors to trade Anthony Randolph to Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have had discussions about a trade that would send forward Anthony Randolph to the Timberwolves, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks.

No trade is imminent, but the Timberwolves have strong interest in acquiring the 20-year-old Randolph. The Warriors, who own the sixth pick in this year's NBA draft, would like to move up to get a higher selection. Minnesota has the fourth pick.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Expect the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves to be active before the NBA Draft.

Clearly, the Warriors see the talented but raw Randolph as the bait to help them improve their draft position. And the Timberwolves, who are stacked at power forward and point guard, may be willing to swap spots, especially if they can add a prospect.

Should Golden State give up so soon on Randolph?

Sure, the LSU product had his spats with Coach Don Nelson, but feuding with grumpy old Nellie is almost a rite of passage these days. And Randolph has the kind of rare physical gifts and natural talent scouts look for.

Instead of looking at trade options, the Warriors should focus on providing their youngster with an opportunity to succeed. This means creating a positive atmosphere and finding him real, legitimate mentors.

On second thought, it would probably easier for dysfunctional Golden State to just deal Randolph.

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Wednesday , May , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Could Larry Ellison save the Golden State Warriors?

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is among "more than a dozen" suitors who have submitted non-binding bids for the Warriors, a source close to the negotiations said Tuesday.

"He is a part of it," the source said.

According to another source, so are the San Francisco Giants, 24 Hour Fitness owner Mark Mastrov, an NFL owner, a former Lakers star and a group of prominent Chinese businesspeople, among others. Galatioto Sports Partners and Warriors owner Chris Cohan will choose the best prospects in the next week.

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HoopsVibe's Call: Give Larry Ellison a cape, tights, and Dwight Howard/Shaquille O'Neal's phone booth because he could be Superman and save the sorry Golden State Warriors.

Ellison, if approved as Golden State's owner, would bring something to The Bay that has been in short supply: sanity. Simply put, Cohan and Coach Don Nelson have ruined the Warriors. There's zero plan. Players, both past and present, have had significant issues with the club (see Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, and Al Harrington). Even their loyal fans are disgusted.

The right owner, Ellison, would surely hire the right basketball people -not Nelson and his group of faithful lackeys on the bench and in the front office. Talented youngsters like Andris Biedrins, Stephen Curry, and Ellis could then blossom with proper mentorship.

A change at the top would do Golden State good. It starts with Cohan cashing out as owner and being replaced with someone such as Ellison.

Is Cohan the problem with the Golden State Warriors? Does he have to sell for the team to turn things around? Get at us in the comment box below with thoughts.